Revised PAS2080 Standard Launched with Guidance

THE REVISED PAS2080 and supporting guidance document has been published. It is a globally-applicable standard for managing carbon in building and infrastructure.

PAS2080 looks at the whole value chain and aims to reduce carbon and cost through intelligent design, construction and use. It’s a key reference document in the UK government’s Construction Playbook that’s increasingly becoming the go-to specification for carbon management in the built environment.

BSI, with sponsorship from the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) and the CLC’s Green Construction Board (GCB), has revised and updated the standard and guidance document to accelerate the ambition and the outcomes for decarbonisation.

Key themes are:

Integrated approach to the built environment – widening the scope to the built environment, not just infrastructure.
Systems thinking and net zero – integrating the transition to net zero into the standard, and applying systems thinking throughout.
Taking a whole life view – addressing the urgent need to retrofit existing stock, and balance capital carbon investment with operational and user benefit.
Nature Based Solutions and Resilience – updating to reflect the value to both carbon reduction and resilience.
Collaboration – highlighting the importance of collaboration across the value chain.

The Construction Leadership Council (CLC) says it wants PAS2080 to be the framework used by everyone across the built environment to help achieve net zero and a sustainable future.

The supporting guidance document will help with the implementation of the necessary changes.

Both the PAS2080 and guidance document are available free-of-charge.

A formal launch will take place on 18 April, and you can sign up to attend online for the ICE Strategy Session: the new PAS 2080 – carbon management in buildings & infrastructure.

From Ambition to Action

Richard Robinson, deputy chair and lead on Net Zero and Biodiversity said: “By adopting the updated PAS2080 standard, the whole built environment value chain can better integrate carbon reduction practices and help move the sector towards a net zero future.

“The scope of the standard has expanded to accelerate progress with a move from ambition into action on decarbonisation, by detailing steps to reduce the carbon footprint of both buildings and infrastructure over the whole lifecycle of an asset. The new standard covers everything from the materials to design, construction, and the use of a structure, including demolition and disposal.

“And for the first time, the standard is free to access, thanks to sponsorship from across the industry.”


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